What does a High School Teacher do?

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach a student body the academic lessons and life skills they need to enter college or the job market. They plan lessons and instruct their students and assess their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They must adapt lesson plans to change in class sizes and grade student assignments and exams. They meet with parents to communicate the students’ progress and work with individual students to challenge them and improve their abilities.

High school teachers prepare students for standardized tests as required by the state and develop and enforce classroom rules and administrative policies. They teach core subjects including math, science, or history, while others specialize in elective courses including art or music. They may teach several classes within their subject area and instruct students from different grades throughout the day. Some high school teachers take on additional responsibilities including coaching a sports team or advising an academic club. High school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree and state-issued certification or license.

What responsibilities are common for High School Teacher jobs?
  • Oversee student managers, volunteers, for the purpose of providing direction and monitoring activities.
  • Implement policies, procedures, and/or processes maintain, safe and efficient school operations within district guidelines.
  • Keep the parents informed as to the purposes and progress of program.
  • Promote a positive culture for the school site of responsibility.
  • Support students during the college recruiting process for the purpose of assisting them in achieving their college goals.
  • Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 45% walking and 45% standing.
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, some climbing and balancing, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity.
  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students.
  • Prepare bulletin boards or other visual aids to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Set the expectations for students and all build staff under their charge.
  • Design interventions and write lesson plans detailing methods and materials.
  • Assist in the evaluation of ongoing programs and make recommendations for change.
  • Strive to establish cooperative relations and make reasonable effort to communicate with parents/guardians when appropriate.
  • Ensure professional learning opportunities are available and delivered to promotes continued learning and growing for educators.
What are the typical qualifications for High School Teacher jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in related field and certification to teach.
  • Demonstrable command of the topic being taught.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement on the job.
  • Dexterity and ease in working with students with different levels and backgrounds.
  • Professionalism and solid work ethic.
  • Demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills.
  • Comfortable collaborate with teams and students.
  • Committed to problem solving in a timely and efficient manner.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a High School Teacher make near United States?

$60,806 /yr
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“It's the best school for your personal growth where you get to learn a lot.”

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“brilliant place to work and excel”

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Feb 22, 2022

“A good work life balance is challenging”

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Dec 10, 2021

“It mostly fun and work and would always recommend to new graduate”

Northshore School DistrictNorthshore School District
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May 15, 2022

“Good pay and well”

ES International School ​ES International School ​
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Mar 19, 2023

“Good for mid career or experienced teachers.”

New Foundations Charter SchoolNew Foundations Charter School
High School Teacher
Jul 29, 2021

“They did increase the pay scale this year but it could still be much better.”

NSW Department of Education and Communities NSW Department of Education and Communities
Head Teacher Secondary School
Jun 18, 2022

“Consistent days and holidays.”

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